'Lionel Messi is Essential to Spanish Football Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar,' Claims LaLiga Chief Javier Tebas

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LaLiga president, Javier Tebas has hailed the importance of Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi and his influence to the league, claiming that the Argentinian was "essential" to the league, in a way that Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar never were.

Messi shocked the footballing world when he handed in a transfer request to leave Barcelona in the summer only for him to reverse his decision after both LaLiga authorities and the Catalan management reiterated that he would be only able to leave if a club met his €700million release clause.

The 33-year-old however is now in his final year of his contract at the Nou Camp and could leave Spain at the end of the season, just like Ronaldo and Neymar did in the past.

“Yes, of course, with his qualities he's in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn't be defining for the Spanish league. The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion and joy each weekend for fans in Spain and across the world," Tebas said to Marca when asked on a potential return of Neymar to LaLiga in the future.

“A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he's not an essential element, not even Cristiano Ronaldo was. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is the essential element because he's the heritage of La Liga.”

Messi might not remain the heritage of LaLiga for long as he might decide to cut ties with Barcelona in the summer and move to a different country come next summer.